Raymond Khoury books in order
Raymond Khoury is a New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of mystery, thriller and historical fiction novels.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, his family moved to Rye, New York in 1975 following the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War.
He returned to Lebanon to study architecture at the American University of Beirut, but was evacuated by a U.S. Marine Corps Chinook helicopter after civil war broke out again.
Khoury then moved to London to practice architecture before earning his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
He went on to work in investment banking for a while, among other jobs, before finding his way back to the creative world.
The Last Templar (2005), his debut novel, was first written as a screenplay before it became a book.
His books have since been translated into 38 languages, selling more than 10 million copies across the globe.
Khoury, who has written screenplays for TV shows like Spooks (aka MI-5) and Waking The Dead, currently divides his time between Beirut, London and Dubai.
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
- The Sanctuary (2007)
- The Sign (2009)
- Empire of Lies (2019)
- No Rest for the Dead (2011)
- FaceOff (2014)
- The Last Templar (2005)
- The Templar Salvation (2010)
- The Devil's Elixir (2011)
- Rasputin's Shadow (2013)
- The End Game (2016)
Last Templar Graphic Novels
- The Encoder (2009)
- The Knight in the Crypt (2012)
- The Sunken Church (2017)
- The Falcon Temple (2012)
- The Devil's Handiwork (2018)
- The One-Armed Knight (2018)
- Pit Stop: Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber (2015)
Detailed book overview
In the dungeons of a Templar castle, a dying old man bequeaths an ancient, half-burnt book to his young inquisitor. Keeping one step ahead of those who would kill to wrench the book's secret from his hands, the inquisitor turns his back on his calling and sets off on an impossible journey to complete the old man's quest.
Hunting for a mysterious bioweapon scientist, an army unit discovers a concealed state-of-the-art lab where gruesome experiments have been carried out on men, women, and children. The scientist escapes, but a puzzling clue is left behind: a circular symbol of a snake feeding on its own tail.
As the power of the symbol comes to light, revealing centuries of destruction left in its wake, a woman desperate for answers holds the fate of the world in her hands...
First Release: 2007
It appears out of nowhere in the skies above Antarctica—a blazing sphere of light that transforms into a mysterious symbol for all to see. Then, it vanishes. The world is enraptured by the event. Is the symbol man-made? Is it of extraterrestrial origin? Or is it a sign from God? The entire human race holds its breath, desperate for an answer—but will it be the one they're hoping for?
For reporter Gracie Logan, it's the story of a lifetime. And her search for the truth will lead her from an ancient monastery in the sands of Egypt to a megachurch in Texas and into a mystery that she may not survive.
For ex-con Matt Sherwood, it's a chance to redeem himself—and to find the men responsible for the death of his brother.
And for a few shady players in the corridors of power in Washington D.C., it's a chance to redefine the world—and to manipulate the relationship between religion and politics in America, for better, or for worse...
First Release: 2009
Istanbul, 1683: Mehmed IV, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, is preparing to lay siege to Vienna, capital of the Holy Roman Empire, when a mysterious visitor arrives in his bedroom—naked, covered in strange tattoos—to deliver a dangerous, world-changing message.
Paris, 2017: Ottoman flags have been flying over the great city for three hundred years, ever since its fall—along with all of Europe—to the empire’s all-conquering army. Notre Dame has been renamed the Fatih Mosque. Public spaces are segregated by gender. And Kamal Arslan Agha, a feted officer in the sultan’s secret police, is starting to question his orders.
Rumors of an impending war with the Christian Republic of America, attacks by violent extremists, and economic collapse have heightened surveillance and arrests across the empire. Tasked with surveying potential threats, Kamal has a heavy caseload—and conscience.
When a mysterious stranger—naked, covered in strange tattoos—appears on the banks of the Seine, Kamal is called in to investigate. But what he discovers is a secret buried in the empire’s past, a secret the Sultan will do anything to silence.
With the mysterious Z Protectorate one step behind, Kamal, together with Nisreen—a fierce human rights lawyer—is caught up in a race across the empire and time itself—a race that could change their world, or destroy it.
NB: This book is also known as The Ottoman Secret.
First Release: 2019
Publisher: Forge Books
Alexander McCall Smith. Sandra Brown. Faye Kellerman. J.A. Jance. Jeffery Deaver. Kathy Reichs. Lisa Scottoline. Jeff Lindsay. These are only a handful of the names that make up the all-star lineup of authors behind No Rest for the Dead, a tale of vengeance, greed, and love that flows seamlessly, in the words of David Baldacci, “as it passes from one creator’s mind to the next.”
When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted, and executed.
Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. In the years since the case was closed, he’s discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomases that could implicate any number of people in the crime.
With the help of the dead woman’s friend, he plans to gather everyone who was there the night Christopher died and finally uncover the truth, suspect by suspect. Solving this case may be Nunn’s last chance for redemption…but the shadowy forces behind Christopher’s death will stop at nothing to silence the past forever.
In this innovative storytelling approach, each of these twenty-five bestselling writers brings their distinctive voice to a chapter of the narrative, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale.
No Rest for the Dead is a thrilling, page-turning accomplishment that only America’s very best authors could achieve.
First Release: 2011
Publisher: Atria Books
In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). All of the contributors to FaceOff are ITW members and the stories feature these dynamic duos:
· Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch in “Red Eye,” by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly
· John Rebus vs. Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time,” by Ian Rankin and Peter James
· Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast in “Gaslighted,” by R.L. Stine, Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child
· Malachai Samuels vs. D.D. Warren in “The Laughing Buddha,” by M.J. Rose and Lisa Gardner
· Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper in “Surfing the Panther,” by Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein
· Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes With Prey,” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford
· Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack in “Infernal Night,” by Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson
· Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber in “Pit Stop,” by Raymond Khoury and Linwood Barclay
· Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona in “Silent Hunt,” by John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker
· Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce in “The Devil’s Bones,” by Steve Berry and James Rollins
· Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller in “Good and Valuable Consideration,” by Lee Child and Joseph Finder
First Release: 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
In 1291, a young Templar knight flees the fallen holy land in a hail of fire and flashing sword, setting out to sea with a mysterious chest entrusted to him by the Order's dying grand master. The ship vanishes without a trace.
In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights stage a bloody raid on the Metropolitan Museum of Art during an exhibit of Vatican treasures. Emerging with a strange geared device, they disappear into the night.
The investigation that follows draws archaeologist Tess Chaykin and FBI agent Sean Reilly into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights—and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless killers—as they race across three continents to recover the lost secret of the Templars.
First Release: 2005
As the ravaging armies of the Fourth Crusade lay siege to the city, a secretive band of Templars infiltrate the imperial library. Their target: a cache of documents that must not be allowed to fall into the hands of the Doge of Venice. They escape with three heavy chests, filled with explosive secrets that these men will not live long enough to learn...
Vatican City, present day
FBI agent Sean Reilly infiltrates the Pope's massive Vatican Secret Archives of the Inquisition. No one but the Pope's trusted secondi is allowed in--but Reilly has earned the Vatican's trust, a trust he has no choice but to violate. A vicious, uncompromising terrorist bent on revenge has kidnapped Tess Chaykin, and the key to her freedom lies in this underground crypt, in the form of a document known as the Fondo Templari—the secret history of the infamous Templars...
First Release: 2010
What if there was a drug, previously lost to history in the jungles of Central America, capable of inducing an experience so momentous—and so shocking—that it might shake the very foundations of Western civilization?
What if powerful forces on both sides of the law launched a ruthless, no-holds-barred pursuit to get their hands on it?
What if FBI agent Sean Reilly and archaeologist Tess Chaykin were the only ones who could stop the unthinkable from happening?
And what if they’re already too late?
NB: This book is also known as Second Time Around.
First Release: 2011
FBI special agent Sean Reilly is tasked with a delicate case. A Russian diplomat seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a sixth-floor window in Queens, New York. The apartment’s owners are missing, while a faceless killer known only as Koschey—“the Deathless”—is roaming the city and leaving a trail of death in his wake.
Joined by Russian FSB agent Larisa Tchoumitcheva, Reilly’s investigation soon uncovers a deadly, desperate search for a mysterious device whose origins reach back in time to the darkest days of the Cold War and to Imperial Russia. A device that, in the wrong hands, could have a devastating impact on our world.
First Release: 2013
Publisher: Signet Books
Eminent scientist Dr Ralph Padley is dying - and he knows it's time to finally tell the truth. Padley has a dark secret, which, if it got out, would have deadly consequences. But there are powerful men who will stop at nothing to silence him.
FBI Special Agent Reilly has an agenda of his own. For months he has sought the man who kidnapped and brainwashed his five-year-old son. But that man is a ghost - a highly protected CIA official with no name and no identity, and who may have links to Reilly's own father.
Watched, manipulated, and framed for crimes he didn't commit, Reilly becomes a fugitive, making it next to impossible for him to uncover the truth about his past while protecting the family he loves. He's left with no choice but to risk everything to unearth secrets that would shake the country to its core - if he's ever allowed to get that far.
First Release: 2016
Last Templar Graphic Novels
Acre, 1291. The last Crusader city in the Holy Land is about to fall. Two Knights Templar, obeying the grandmaster’s orders, manage to escape the invading Muslim army on the order’s last ship. New York City, nowadays.
During the unveiling of an exhibition of some of the Vatican’s treasures, four men disguised as Templars attack the Metropolitan Museum and steal several artefacts, including a centuries-old decoder – a loss that horrifies the Church.
First Release: 2009
The investigation onto the museum raid continues, but it’s a difficult one. One of the four ‘knights’ has already died in his – guarded – hospital room, and FBI Agent Reilly is unknowingly engaged in a race to find the other thieves before the mysterious assassins trying to eliminate them. Meanwhile, young archaeologist Tess Chaykin is following up the Templar lead – one that the FBI considers too far-fetched to be worth looking into...
First Release: 2012
After being kidnapped by Vance and subsequently escaping, Tess is now officially part of the investigative team alongside Agent Reilly. But despite the constant danger of the lurking assassins who have already nearly killed her once, the young woman refuses to play a passive role. Her research will take her far from New York, under the protection of Sean Reilly—who is about to face a terrible crisis of faith.
First Release: 2017
Tess has gone with Vance to look for the Falcon Temple and its precious cargo, convinced that truth must prevail. Meanwhile, the Church persuades Sean to help them keep that truth hidden – at any cost. On the dark waters of the Mediterranean, in a storm so fierce it could be the very wrath of God, a merciless battle will take place for the future of the Christian faith...
First Release: 2012
1203. Constantinople is besieged ... by the Christians of the 4th Crusade! Under cover of night, a small group of knights flees the doomed city. They're taking three mysterious chests to Antioch – but never reach their destination. Nowadays, in Rome, Agent Reilly has come with a Professor Sharafi to request access to the Vatican's archives. But once inside, he reveals that the document they're here to consult is one that the Church doesn't want anyone to see...
First Release: 2018
Reilly has tracked down the fake Professor Sharafi to Turkey. But the man is crafty, and not only does he manage to escape, he also recaptures Tess along the way. A chase begins across the hills of Cappadocia, with the FBI agent hunting down his enemy while Tess, in order to survive, does her best to follow the trail of Knight Templar Conrad and the mysterious treasure he was protecting – the one everyone thought was a threat to all of Christianity...
First Release: 2018
FBI Agent Sean Reilly (hero of Khoury’s five-million-copy bestseller The Last Templar) is tracking a criminal who is in possession of a lethal biological agent and threatening to unleash it on innocent civilians. But now Reilly has a bigger problem: his quarry, known online as Faustus, has created an explosive diversion and stolen a truck from a restaurant parking lot—and inside that truck is a teenage girl.
General contractor and single dad Glen Garber (of Barclay’s 2011 bestseller The Accident) had stopped to grab a snack for his daughter Kelly when they both got caught up in the chaos in the parking lot. Thinking she’d be safest in the truck, he ordered her inside, and that was the last time he saw her.
Agent Reilly must navigate the chase with nerves of steel, attempting to free Kelly Garber from the madman’s clutches without endangering thousands
NB: Co-authored with Linwood Barclay.
First Release: 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster